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OPEC member calls for calm after U.S. pressure to pump more oil

The United Arab Emirates’ power minister on Wednesday defended OPEC and its allies’ resolution to not enhance oil provide to the market, regardless of U.S. pressure to pump more.

“I would encourage people to calm, trust us,” Suhail al-Mazrouei advised CNBC’s Hadley Gamble from the Adipec power discussion board in Abu Dhabi.

Al-Mazrouei stated he has acquired calls from completely different nations’ ministers asking him to take motion, however added that OPEC intends to “follow the facts.”

He pointed to EIA predictions that recommend an oil surplus within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months.

“In 2022, we expect that growth in production from OPEC+, U.S. tight oil, and other non-OPEC countries will outpace slowing growth in global oil consumption and contribute to Brent prices declining from current levels to an annual average of $72/b,” the EIA’s November report said.

“It’s going to soften in the first quarter, and we will start to see build up in the inventories in 2022,” stated al-Mazrouei on Wednesday.

“That’s what the experts said, and we agree with them, in OPEC,” he stated.

If the present plan by OPEC+ to enhance manufacturing by 400,000 barrels per day every month will already lead to a surplus, the alliance mustn’t change that plan and enhance manufacturing even additional, he added.

Not everybody agrees, nevertheless.

Helima Croft of RBC Capital Markets stated that, in apply, OPEC+ will not be growing manufacturing as deliberate as a result of “a number of countries are unable to reach their targets, in part because of lack of investment.”

“The question is, are we going to still be short barrels when it comes to the first quarter, if it’s a cold winter especially, and there’s greater demand for oil because of switching needs,” Croft, who’s managing director and international head of commodity technique, advised CNBC on Tuesday.

Both U.S. crude and Brent crude futures have risen more than 60% to this point this 12 months after demand elevated when pandemic restrictions had been loosened.

The U.S. blames excessive power costs on OPEC+’s reluctance to ramp up manufacturing additional. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has referred to as on OPEC+ to enhance crude provides and U.S. President Joe Biden has additionally criticized the oil alliance for not producing more barrels.

“The idea that Russia and Saudi Arabia and other major producers are not going to pump more oil so people can have gasoline to get to and from work, for example, is not right,” Biden stated on Oct. 31.

— CNBC’s Natasha Turak and Matt Clinch contributed to this report.

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